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Fasting and abstinence during Lent can take many forms. In our consumer society, we are encouraged to have more "stuff", without considering the impact of consumerism on all life within God’s creation, especially the poor. The Eastern Ontario Catholic Curriculum Cooperative provides questions and a prayer for us to consider in Lent: During Lent we often plan to give up something - how do our actions or sacrifices help others? How are our acts of charity connected to justice? Are we taking the time to allow silence to speak in our hearts? Let us pray, “Lord our God, in our fasting, help us to avoid the temptations of earthly pleasures so that we can see more clearly the treasures of Your Kingdom”.
The joy of the Gospel – Care for creation
In his newly released apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis calls on us to care for all creation. He writes, “I am speaking of creation as a whole. We human beings are not only the beneficiaries, but also the stewards of other creatures. Thanks to our bodies, God has joined us so closely to the world around us that we can feel the desertification of the soil almost as a physical ailment, and the extinction of a species as a painful disfigurement. Let us not leave in our wake a swath of destruction and death which will affect our own lives and those of future generations... Small yet strong in the love of God, like Saint Francis of Assisi, all of us, as Christians, are called to watch over and protect the fragile world in which we live, and all its peoples.”
Faith and inter-generational solidarity
The Council on Aging of Ottawa and Sheng Shen Chinese Community Catholic Church have recently held events that recognize the importance of intergenerational solidarity in promoting care for God’s creation. For further information, visit the Greening Sacred Spaces website.
Pope Francis speaks to bishops of Brazil on protecting the environment
On the last full day of World Youth Day, Pope Francis spoke forcefully about the environment to the Bishops of Brazil. He emphasized the importance of the Church’s place in protecting the environment, citing the “Amazon Basin as a litmus test for Church and society in Brazil.” He further stated, “I would like to invite everyone to reflect on what [Our Lady] of Aparecida said about the Amazon Basin, its forceful appeal for respect and protection of the entire creation which God has entrusted to man, not so that it be indiscriminately exploited, but rather made into a garden.” Let us heed our pontiff’s words and recognize our responsibility in protecting our environment – a litmus test for our Church and society in Canada.
World Day to combat desertification
The United Nations General Assembly has declared June 17 as World Day to Combat Desertification. Increasing desertification is taking place in many countries, especially in Africa. This year’s World Day theme is drought and water scarcity. We thank those who have contributed to Development and Peace which has supported projects in the Sahel region of Africa that help communities recover from drought and pave the way for ongoing development.
World Environment Day 2013
On World Environment Day on June 5, 2013, Pope Francis spoke to 70,000 pilgrims at St. Peter's Square.
His Holiness reinforced the theme of the relationship of human ecology and environmental ecology - also expressed as one of the themes in the recent document of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Building a New Culture: Central Themes in Recent Church Teaching on the Environment.
As Pope Francis said, “We are called not only to respect the natural environment, but also to show respect for, and solidarity with, all the members of our human family,”
A report on Pope Francis’ presentation may be found here.
Building a New Culture: Central Themes in Recent Church Teaching on the Environment
The Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has released a pastoral letter, Building a New Culture: Central Themes in Recent Church Teaching on the Environment. The document offers an outline of eight central themes found in Church teaching on the environment and is designed to serve as a guide for discussion, reflection, and decision-making on the very real environmental problems we face today. Full information, including brief texts designed for publication in parish bulletins, is available on the CCCB website.
Grants towards more efficient and less costly lighting
Efforts are currently underway to have parishes take advantage of the Small Business Lighting Grant that supports moving from low efficiency to high efficiency lighting. At this time, parishes that are billed through Hydro One are asked to email their Hydro One account number to John Dorner (email@example.com). Each parish will subsequently be informed as to its eligibility for the $1,500 grant towards lighting retrofits. For further information contact John Dorner (613-738-5025, ext. 251).